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Michael Jacobs immediately cancelled out Luke McNally’s early opener, only for Joe Morrell to then be harshly sent off.
But the Blues were on course for an unlikely victory when Ronan Curtis slotted them into the lead after the break.
Cameron Brannagan levelled in the closing stages of normal time, however, before substitute Nathan Holland struck at the death.
Danny Cowley made five changes from the side that were beaten by Charlton on home soil on Monday night.
Two of them were enforced, with the injured Mahlon Romeo (ankle) and Shaun Williams (back) replaced by Kieron Freeman and Louis Thompson.
Marcus Harness, Tyler Walker and Clark Robertson all dropped to the bench to make way for Jacobs, Curtis and Connor Ogilvie.
Also named among the substitutes were deadline day signing Aiden O’Brien and a fit-again Ryan Tunnicliffe.
Former Blues players Ryan Williams and Steve Seddon both started for the hosts, who also had Simon Eastwood in their matchday squad.
Anybody who got into the ground late would certainly have missed some key incidents, as the opening 16 minutes saw two goals and a red card.
The hosts took an early lead when McNally rose highest in the box to convert a corner from Billy Bodin.
But Pompey quickly hit back, as a long kick from Gavin Bazunu was flicked on by George Hirst and Curtis did well to keep it in play.
His neat back-flick was collected from Freeman, who then squared the ball for JACOBS to slot home from close range.
The celebrations did not last long, however, as the disbelieving visitors were soon reduced to 10 men.
Morrell caught Brannagan and there was no surprise that a free-kick was awarded, but the midfielder was left open-mouthed when referee Samuel Barrott brandished a red card.
United looked to make the most of their numerical advantage and got plenty of men forward to apply pressure.
They came close to restoring their advantage when Brannagan was sent racing through, but Bazunu was off his line quickly to make a key save.
Williams then ballooned a good chance over the bar, while Herbie Kane rolled a shot narrowly wide and saw another attempt held by Bazunu.
But the Blues almost took the lead themselves just before the break after Jacobs had stolen possession.
He rolled the ball across for Hirst, but the striker’s low shot was kept out by the foot of keeper Jack Stevens.
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The second half began more than 20 minutes later than scheduled because of an unspecified ‘incident’.
And when the action did get started, there was a cagey opening – before Pompey helped explode the contest back into life.
Hirst did well to get forward and use his strength brilliantly to hold of a challenge before finding Jacobs.
He then slipped a clever pass through to CURTIS, who was left in space to calmly roll the ball past Stevens and into the net.
Oxford tried to hit back and Bodin’s shot was blocked after both Matty Taylor and Seddon had failed to connect with Williams’ centre.
Bazunu then dived to his left to push behind Brannagan’s angled strike and was able to deal with the resulting corner.
And Pompey were forced to make a change on the hour mark when Freeman took a ball to the face and was replaced by Robertson.
It was the home side that were unsurprisingly seeing more of the ball and a couple of corners caused a few nerves, while Bazunu made a regulation save to deny Mark Sykes.
Cowley then made his second switch on 71 minutes, bringing some fresh legs into the engine room by swapping Thompson with Tunnicliffe.
Bazunu was soon called into action again, getting down to his right to push clear a low Brannagan shot that was creeping towards the bottom corner.
But the Blues’ resistance was finally broken late on, courtesy of a fine 25-yard strike from Brannagan that flew into the net.
O’Brien was then brought on for his debut in place of Hirst and the delay caused by Freeman’s injury, along with various other stoppages, meant 10 minutes were added on.
With the defender’s departure deemed a concussion substitute, Denver Hume made way for Reeco Hackett.
But the Blues were unable to hang on and Holland’s effort from outside the box clipped the inside of the post on its way into the net.
Oxford (3-1-4-2): Stevens; McNally, Moore (c), Brown (Holland 55); Kane; Williams (Winnall 63), Sykes, Brannagan, Seddon (Mousinho 90+8); Bodin (McGuane 87), Taylor
Goals: McNally 6, Brannagan 82, Holland 90+6
Booked: Brannagan, Seddon, Kane, Moore
Subs not used: Eastwood, Forde, Smyth
Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Freeman (Robertson 60), Thompson (Tunnicliffe 71), Morrell, Hume (Hackett 90+5); Jacobs; Hirst (O’Brien 82), Curtis
Goals: Jacobs 10, Curtis 51
Sent off: Morrell
Booked: Jacobs, Hirst, Hume, Curtis, Bazunu, Tunnicliffe, Raggett
Subs not used: Webber, Harness, Walker
Referee: Samuel Barrott
Attendance: 10,373 (1,754 Pompey fans)
Director – Jack Smight
Year – 1976
On April 18 1942 during World War II, a squadron of B-25 bombers from the USS Hornet launches a lightning raid on Tokyo. The strike stuns the Imperial Japanese Navy and its commander Admiral Yamamoto. With hard evidence of the threat posed by the carriers of the American Pacific Fleet to the Japanese home islands, Yamamoto devises a plan to lure out the American fleet and destroy it once and for all by forcing it to sortie against the invasion of Midway Island.
At Pearl Harbor, Captain Matt Garth is tasked with gauging the progress of decryption efforts at Station HYPO, headed by Commander Joseph Rochefort, which has partially cracked the Japanese Navy’s JN-25 code, indicating that a major operation will soon take place at a location the Japanese refer to as “AF”. Garth is also asked by his son, naval aviator Ensign Tom Garth, to help free his girlfriend Haruko Sakura, an American-born daughter of Japanese immigrants, who has been interned with her parents, by calling in favors to have the charges against the family dropped. Yamamoto and his staff present their plans for Midway to the commanders who have been chosen to lead the attack – Admirals Nagumo and Yamaguchi of the Japanese carrier force and Admiral Kondo of the invasion force.
After the inconclusive Battle of the Coral Sea, Rochefort uses a simple ruse to confirm that “AF” is Midway. Now knowing the location and roughly the date of the attack, Admiral Nimitz and his staff send the carriers USS Enterprise and USS Hornet, augmented by a hastily-repaired USS Yorktown that had been damaged at Coral Sea, to a point north of Midway and lie in wait for the Japanese fleet. Meanwhile, Matt has been unsuccessful in freeing the Sakuras, infuriating Tom.
The battle begins on June 4 as Nagumo’s carrier force launches its air attack on Midway Island. The American base is damaged but the airstrip remains usable, meaning Midway can still launch aircraft. The Japanese fleet is then spotted by scouts; the American carriers launch their planes in response. Meanwhile, Nagumo is shocked to learn of a sighting by a scout plane of the Yorktown, disrupting his plans for a second strike on Midway; he orders that his planes be rapidly re-armed with torpedoes for an attack on the American carrier.
Torpedo bombers from Hornet are the first American planes to locate the Japanese fleet. They attack without fighter protection and are slaughtered by the Japanese Combat Air Patrol. Tom is severely burned when gunfire starts a fire in his cockpit. The Japanese fighters, however, are drawn down to wave-top altitude by the low-flying torpedo planes, leaving them out of position when dive-bombers from Enterprise and Yorktown arrive. As the Japanese are preparing to launch their second wave, the American bombers attack and reduce three of the Japanese carriers – Akagi, Kaga and Sōryū – to burning wrecks within minutes.
The remaining Japanese carrier Hiryū immediately launches aircraft. Following the returning American bombers, they soon discover Yorktown and inflict severe damage. The crew manages to bring the fires under control as a scout plane reports that Hiryu has been spotted. Below decks, Matt meets Tom and reconciles with him. Due to a shortage of pilots, Matt joins the counterattack against Hiryu just before its second wave of aircraft strikes. Yorktown is soon burning and the order is given to abandon ship.
Hiryu is sunk, dealing a fatal blow to the invasion. The American planes return to Enterprise and Hornet but Matt, his plane badly damaged, is killed during landing. Yamamoto receives news of the loss of his carrier force. The admiral orders a general withdrawal as he contemplates how he will apologise for his failure to the Emperor.
There was a huge moment of controversy when Conor Washington opened the scoring, with the officials missing a clear offside in the build-up.
And when Clark Robertson inadvertently found his own net after the break, it looked as though the Addicks’ points were secure.
But Michael Jacobs came off the bench to reduce the deficit and the Blues threw everything at their visitors before time ran out.
Danny Cowley made three changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Sunderland in the last outing.
Denver Hume was handed his debut wide on the left, while there were also starts for Shaun Williams and George Hirst.
There were home bows for Tyler Walker and Hayden Carter, with deadline day capture Aiden O’Brien watching from the directors’ box.
Reeco Hackett, Louis Thompson and Ronan Curtis dropped to the bench and were joined by new keeper Ollie Webber.
Former Fratton favourite Craig MagGillivray started for the visitors, who had Stephen Henderson and Jason Pearce among their substitutes.
There was a minute’s applause before kick-off to remember former Blues left-back Jamie Vincent, who tragically passed away recently at the age of 46.
When the action started, Pompey looked bright and a ball over the top from Sean Raggett saw the crowd rise to their feet.
Hume just about beat Hirst to get a shot away and sent a low effort creeping agonisingly wide of the post.
It was certainly a lively start for the wing-back, who soon provided a fine delivery that Mahlon Romeo could only turn over at the far post.
Then, when a free-kick from Williams was only partially cleared, Joe Morrell thumped a shot just off target.
And some nice build-up play ended with the bright Morrell sweeping the ball right into the mixer, but Hirst could not make a connection.
There was a warning for the hosts midway through the first half, however, as Corey Blackett-Taylor surged half the length of the pitch before narrowly clearing the crossbar.
Charlton did break the deadlock on 31 minutes, but it was a goal that should never have been allowed to stand.
Chuks Aneke was clearly offside when he met an Adam Matthews cross, but the assistant referee kept his flag down.
Gavin Bazunu made a fine save to deny the striker, only for Washington to follow up and find the net from close range.
The visitors might have doubled their advantage soon after, but Alex Gilbey’s strike rattled the woodwork from a tight angle.
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There was a slow start to proceedings once the action restarted, but Pompey came close to levelling on 56 minutes.
Williams lifted the ball into the box, where it was nodded on by Hirst for skipper Robertson, who could only poke wide.
But the Addicks looked threatening on the break and one quick move up the pitch ended with Blackett-Taylor angling a shot over.
A pass from Morrell then sent Hirst charging into the box, only for a perfectly-timed Ryan Inniss challenge to deny him.
The Blues were left with a mountain to climb when their opponents doubled their lead just past the hour mark.
It was a fine cross into the box from Sean Clare on the right and in his attempt to deal with it, Robertson headed into his own net.
There was ironic applause at the other end when Romeo’s deflected shot finally forced MacGillivray into action, albeit with a regulation stop.
Cowley replaced Walker and Williams with Curtis and Thompson on 71 minutes, while Carter made way for Jacobs soon after.
And it was JACOBS who provided some hope when he collected Curtis’ pass and took a couple of neat touches before hitting a shot that was fumbled over the line by MacGillivray.
A quick counter almost led to a leveller, with Morrell feeding Curtis and the forward’s low shot fizzing just past the post.
There were farcical scenes when Aneke – booked for time wasting seconds earlier – then had to be dragged to his feet by Morrell.
The visitors took an age in bringing the striker off, which resulted in referee Neil Hair showing a yellow card to manager Johnnie Jackson.
Pompey were pushing for a leveller and a dangerous Jacobs free-kick somehow evaded everyone as it flew out of play.
Hirst then did well to lay the ball off for Thompson, with the substitute’s shot saved low down by MacGillivray.
A Raggett header in stoppage-time then ricocheted into the keeper’s arms, as the Blues’ ultimately fell just short.
Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Carter (Jacobs 72), Raggett, Robertson (c); Romeo, Morrell, Williams (Thompson 71), Hume; Harness; Hirst, Walker (Curtis 71)
Goals: Jacobs 79
Subs not used: Webber, Freeman, Ogilvie, Hackett
Charlton (3-5-2): MacGillivray; Clare, Inniss (c) (Pearce 70), Famewo; Matthews, Gilbey, Dobson, Morgan, Blackett-Taylor (Purrington 87); Aneke (Leko 87), Washington
Goals: Washington 31, Robertson 64 (og)
Booked: Famewo, Aneke, Dobson, Leko
Subs not used: Henderson, Watson, Jaiyesimi, Lee
Referee: Neil Hair
Attendance: 15,326 (1,230 away fans)
(Transfer : Sunderland – Portsmouth)
Pompey have signed 28-year-old forward Aiden O’Brien from Sunderland.
The Republic of Ireland international has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season.
He came off the bench for the Black Cats in their narrow victory over Pompey at the Stadium of Light earlier this month.
O’Brien signed for Sunderland in the summer of 2020 and netted 12 goals in 66 appearances during his time on Wearside.
He joined them from Millwall, where he progressed through the ranks and featured on 226 occasions.
O’Brien appeared alongside Mahlon Romeo, Shaun Williams and Ryan Tunnicliffe for the Lions and helped secure promotion to the Championship via the play-offs in 2017.
He has been capped five times by his country at senior level, scoring in a 2018 friendly draw in Poland.
Actress Tara Lynne Barr earned critical praise for playing complicated, sometimes dangerous young women in projects ranging from “God Bless America” (2011) to “Aquarius” (NBC, 2015-16) and “Casual” (Hulu, 2015-2018).
Barr flirted briefly with Disney television series like “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (Disney Channel, 2005-2008), but she decided to pursue more substantive work if she were to become a professional actor. Shortly before graduating from high school, she was cast in writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait’s coal-black comedy “God Bless America” (2011), playing a disillusioned high school student who joins a burnt-out insurance salesman (Joel Murray) on a kill spree that targets rude individuals.